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De Grondwet reported on the unveiling of the memorial tablet in honor of Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte. Rev. Roelof Pieters read scripture and Dr. Philip Phelps Jr. offered prayer. "The Rev. Dr. Phelps spoke on the work done by Dr. Van Raalte to further education." Another sentence read: Elder Broek called to mind a few incidences in the life of Van Raalte, starting in 1835, when he became a minister." The committee was thanked by the "Honorable D. B. K. Van Raalte, his youngest son, who spoke on behalf of the rest of the family." Elder Teunis Keppel offered the closing prayer.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Simone Kennedy, 2003.

Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


The original documents are held in the Holland Museum.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from the Holland Museum.

De Grondwet Reported on the Unveiling of the Memorial Tablet in Honor of Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte